Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP)
Important Dates & Information
Application Deadline: January 15 annually at 11:59 pm EST
Enrollment Deposit and Intent to Enroll Deadline: April 15th annually
Ranked No. 9 for urban and regional planning graduate programs by Planetizen, our Master of Urban and Regional Planning (MURP) degree prepares students to become leaders who plan for and engage with communities for the greater good. Graduates apply their knowledge and technical skills in a wide variety of settings, from private business, to social impact non-profit organizations to public sector agencies at all levels.
The MURP degree, which is formally accredited through the Planning Accreditation Board, takes a broad view of the scope of urban and regional planning. The core courses provide a foundation for all areas of planning, and electives at both Taubman and other highly-ranked UM graduate programs provide flexibility to shape your studies to your interests.
The Master of Urban Regional Planning program's flexible curriculum provides students the opportunity to explore a wide range of topics in the field of urban and regional planning or gain depth in a specific area. Click here to learn more about our 9 focus areas.
Student Awards and Achievements
University of Michigan MURP students are award-winning. Each year, they take home top prizes and awards throughout the U.S. Here’s a sample of some of the most recent recognitions:
2022 Douglas Haskell Award for Agora Journal
Three Taubman Students Awarded 2022 MAP Memorial Scholarships
2022 HUD Innovation in Affordable Housing Student Design and Planning Competition
American Planning Association 2021 Foundation Scholarship
Three Winning Teams
Michigan Association of Planning (MAP) 2021 competition
Self-Management Law, Now!
Winner: 2021 APA Student
Project Award / 2020 MAP Student Project Award
2022 Transformative Food Systems Fellows
2022 Fellowship for commitment to public service and health equity
2022 Dow Sustainability Fellows
Outcomes and Career Development
Taubman College Career and Professional Development offers a variety of programs, services and resources to assist students and alumni in exploring careers, securing positions and continuing skill development and management.
For additional information on career opportunities, visit our career and professional development page.
STEM-DESIGNATED DEGREE PROGRAM
The Master of Urban and Regional Planning degree is an approved field of study within the U.S. government’s official STEM fields list. When a student earns a degree in a field on the STEM fields list, he/she may be eligible for the 24-month Optional Practical Training (OPT) extension. OPT is defined as practical work experience in your field of study after completion of a degree. With a STEM degree, a student's "regular" OPT of 12 months may be extended for an additional 24 months. For further details regarding STEM extensions contact the International Center.